I keep seeing quote pictures like this one on Facebook. “There is always, always, always something to be grateful for.” That is absolutely true.
Thanksgiving was a few days ago (I live in the US) and it got me thinking. The Law of Attraction teachers, at least the ones in the movie The Secret, all say that an attitude of gratitude is very important in getting the Law of Attraction to work for you instead of against you.
You attract what you are most in alignment with, what you think about the most, so you need to keep your thoughts on positive things. The easiest way to have positive thoughts is to find the things that you feel gratitude toward. Anyone can find something to be grateful for, which attracts more things to be grateful for.
I have nothing to be grateful for. My life sucks!
There are a lot of people who will tell you that nothing is going right. They may actually believe that. They are often more than happy to share with you all of the things that are going wrong too. Of course, their beliefs in that regard, and then dwelling on all of the proof, attract more things to reinforce those beliefs.
I don’t think anyone can possibly having nothing to be grateful for. They may have to think for a few minutes, but they can always come up with something. I think the best things to be grateful for are the things that we take for granted. Things like air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, a roof over my head, or a bed to sleep in at night. It’s easy to feel gratitude for the big things. Don’t forget the little things. After all, the little things for you may be big things for someone else.
Create a gratitude list.
Creating a gratitude list is a great exercise. I used to write down a list of ten things every night that I was grateful for. Ideally, the list should not have the same ten things as the night before, but if it wasn’t a great day, then maybe one or two things would carry over.
When I create my gratitude list, I like to pick out the things that I usually take for granted. Sure, I list the big things when they happen, but I also list things like a hug from my kids, walks with my wife and dinner with my family. There may be a day when all you can think of to write down is that the sun came up that morning. That’s a good place to start.
Creating a gratitude list at the end of the day may eventually become unnecessary because you develop the habit of being grateful in the moment. I tend to thank people when they help me throughout the day – the cashier at the store, my kids for helping me do something, my wife for making dinner. I say “thank you” even when there isn’t a specific person to be grateful to, like when the stoplight is green or the first parking space is available.
Make gratitude a habit and see how much better your life gets.